Monday, April 23, 2007
I have decided to create my first blog to allow friends and family to follow my quest to complete my first Ironman race!!! I use the term race liberally, for me it will be a day of survival.
It's kind of funny I'm even starting this now since I still don't know which race I'll do. I want to do one in the fall of 2008 to celebrate my 40th birthday(October 7th) but a couple things will dictate which race I select. Currently there are 2 strong contenders and 1 dark horse. The 2 contenders are Ironman Florida in November and Ironman Louisville in August. The dark horse is the Great Floridian in October. A couple things will dictate which race I do. Louisville will require a I do the brunt of my training during the hot months of summer. Of course this would also be a benefit since the kids won't be in school and I wouldn't have to worry about taking/picking them up. Florida would provide training during the somewhat cooler months at the end but still a lot of the training would occur during the summer.Great Floridian would come into play if I can't get into either of the other two(they fill up within a day of registration opening a year in advance). At this point I'm leaning on doing Florida.
So, what do I do between now and then? The short answer is a lot of swimming, biking and running. A little background. I have been running since 1991 and have completed 14 marathons(26.2 miles) and dozens of shorter running races. I have also done several sprint and Olympic distance triathlons and 3 1/2 Ironman races(1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run) since starting to train for triathlons in 2001. I have several races planned between now and my Ironman, including a 1/2 Ironman at Steelhead in St. Joe Michigan on August 4th. I will also be doing several shorter races this summer and will be updating my blog as those come up. Also, I will update this blog with my training as the weeks go by.
Please feel free to comment!!